Monthly Archives: June 2017

The Strange Inspirations of Nation-Building

A social media conversation with a few friends this morning served as a reminder of how truly fascinating the study of nation-building through the adoption of flags, symbols and other devices and practices often proves to be. In an attempt … Continue reading

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California and the Future of American Unity

Who could have imagined 30 years – heck, even a decade  – ago that one of the avatars of American liberalism, none other than Governor Moonbeam, Jerry Brown, would end up sounding a lot like George Wallace? Brown is leading … Continue reading

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Invoking the “S” Word (Secession)

 , Texas Tribune.  I’ll be frank: I don’t take a very sanguine view of the future of the United States. I no longer think that Americans are even capable of summoning the improvisational genius or idealism or whatever is required … Continue reading

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A Dystopian Future or Just Business as Usual?

I reflect back on the 1980’s as a good decade, but many science fiction writers of the time didn’t. As a recent article in The American Conservative observes, the 1980’s turned out providing a congenial context for a grim, dystopian … Continue reading

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